Ms. Pat Harper
The Monument Valley Health Office/School Nurse is here to support both the health and education of students. The goal is to foster the growth, development and educational achievement of all students through promotion of health and wellness by: providing first aid, emergency treatment, intervention and referral for physical, psychological, social‐emotional and behavioral issues; administering direct care for special medical needs; monitoring health status and administering screening programs to identify health concerns; building partnerships to ensure referral to quality services that are effective, culturally appropriate and responsive to the diverse and changing needs of our students and their families.
Each year in grades 5-8 a range of issues may affect the health of your child: increased pressures on families, ongoing public health concerns such as infectious diseases, bullying, head injuries and emotional health concerns. An emphasis is put on listening to concerns a student has and then guiding students to adopt healthy life style choices; these everyday healthy behavior choices affect how they feel in the moment as well as impact their future well-being.
In addition to the daily care provided to students with special needs and routine interventions for first aid, illness and physical and emotional concerns, the school nurse perform vision, hearing, height and weight and postural screening for scoliosis.
You cannot educate an unhealthy child and you cannot keep an uneducated child healthy…”
Dr. Jocelyn Elders, Former Secretary of Health
Contact Information: Patricia Harper RN, School Nurse
Monument Valley Regional Middle School
313 Monument Valley Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Phone/Fax – (413)644-2324/644-2394
Seasonal Flu Information 2015/2016:
As the Enterovirus season tapers off, annual flu activity begins in late fall. According to the CDC and the MA Department of Public Health, the most important way to protect against flu viruses is to get the vaccination every year.
How Flu Spreads:
People with the flu virus can spread it to others from a distance up to 6 feet away. The virus travels in droplets made when we cough, sneeze and talk. These droplets find their way into the mouths and noses of others nearby, or can be breathed directly into the lungs. Also (but less common) the virus can be on a surface like a doorknob that is touched, and the virus then travels from hands to noses and mouths.
It is so important to wash hands with soap/water, and to make sure that if you are ill with a flu virus that you stay home and away from others. The flu is contagious – You may transmit the virus to others before you even feel sick yourself – from 1 day before illness symptoms begin up to 7 days after actually feeling sick. Children can pass along viruses even longer.
Best resource for flu information and to monitor how prevalent flu activity is around the country: www.CDC.gov/flu
When to Keep Your Child Home from School
|Your child should not attend school if: